Leeds boss Brian McDermott endured an unhappy return to Reading, as Adam Le Fondre scored a 96th-minute winner for the Royals in the Championship.

The striker McDermott brought to the Madejski Stadium from Rotherham in 2011 converted from Royston Drenthe's free-kick to send his side seventh.

The chance came after Stephen Warnock received his second yellow card of the match for a trip on Le Fondre.

Luke Varney wasted the best chance for the visitors, who now sit 11th.

The result - a third successive clean sheet for Nigel Adkins' men - means Leeds have still never won at the Madejski Stadium.

The hosts had seen midfielder Jem Karacan carried off on a stretcher after just nine minutes, appearing to twist his right knee when challenging Ross McCormack.

Danny Williams and Hal Robson-Kanu tested Paddy Kenny, but the Leeds goalkeeper pushed both strikes away.

Leeds midfielder Rodolph Austin had two opportunities, striking a free-kick over the bar and sending a 25-yard attempt narrowly wide - the only noteworthy efforts for the visitors, Varney's weak effort aside.

Reading centre-back Sean Morrison twice headed high and wide from free-kicks and Nick Blackman saw his goalbound drive deflected wide by Warnock.

But the left-back's night turned sour when he was dismissed for his second bookable offence, and saw Le Fondre capitalise to give the hosts the three points.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 03 Kelly
  • 05 Pearce Booked
  • 15 Morrison
  • 18 Bridge
  • 04 Karacan (Akpan - 9' )
  • 20 Guthrie Booked
  • 23 Williams
  • 10 Drenthe
  • 19 Robson-Kanu (Le Fondre - 66' )
  • 22 Blackman (McCleary - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 02 Gunter
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 12 McCleary
  • 16 Akpan
  • 37 Obita
  • 09 Le Fondre

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 04 Lees
  • 05 Pearce
  • 15 Warnock Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 22 Wootton
  • 06 Murphy Booked
  • 08 Austin
  • 18 Tonge
  • 44 McCormack
  • 10 Hunt (Poleon - 60' )
  • 11 Varney (Smith - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Cairns
  • 14 White
  • 07 Green
  • 21 Diouf
  • 36 Mowatt
  • 20 Smith
  • 26 Poleon
Ref: Swarbrick
Att: 21,167

Match Stats

Shots

16 12

On target

5 1

Corners

7 1

Fouls

10 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:52 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +6:02

Daniel Williams provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +6:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Le Fondre - Reading 1 - 0 Leeds Adam Le Fondre scores. Reading 1-0 Leeds.

90:00 +5:52

Free kick crossed by Royston Drenthe.

90:00 +5:07

Stephen Warnock shown a red card for second bookable offence.

90:00 +5:07 Dismissal

Dismissal

90:00 +4:54

Stephen Warnock concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Le Fondre.

90:00 +4:23

Header by Jason Pearce misses left.

90:00 +4:17

Free kick crossed by Ross McCormack.

90:00 +3:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Smith by Danny Guthrie.

90:00 +3:26

Clearance by Jason Pearce.

90:00 +3:19

Rodolph Austin makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:17

Clearance made by Rodolph Austin.

90:00 +3:10

The ball is delivered by Stephen Kelly.

90:00 +2:04

Centre by Royston Drenthe.

90:00 +2:02

Jason Pearce makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:55

Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:35

Garath McCleary fouled by Stephen Warnock, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +0:01

Clearance made by Sean Morrison.

89:35

Sean Morrison makes a clearance.

89:27

Clearance by Tom Lees.

88:58

Clearance by Michael Tonge.

88:52

Centre by Stephen Kelly.

88:36

Jason Pearce makes a clearance.

88:29

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

87:55

Clearance by Jason Pearce.

84:47

Clearance by Sean Morrison.

83:43

Michael Tonge manages to make a clearance.

83:12 Substitution

Substitution Matt Smith is brought on as a substitute for Luke Varney.

82:52

Clearance by Scott Wootton.

82:40

Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.

82:39

The ball is swung over by Ross McCormack.

81:26

Luke Varney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Sean Morrison.

81:15

Dominic Poleon sends in a cross.

80:56

The ball is swung over by Dominic Poleon.

80:56

Sean Morrison manages to make a clearance.

80:33

Clearance made by Stephen Kelly.

80:29

Tom Lees sends in a cross.

78:39

Hope Akpan has an effort at goal. Patrick Kenny blocks the ball.

77:44

Free kick taken by Sean Morrison.

77:24

The assistant referee signals for offside against Luke Varney.

77:20

Clearance by Stephen Warnock.

76:44

Header by Luke Varney goes harmlessly over the bar.

76:40

Ross McCormack crosses the ball in from the free kick.

75:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodolph Austin by Adam Le Fondre.

75:41

Michael Tonge manages to make a clearance.

75:22

Corner from the right by-line taken by Royston Drenthe.

75:00

Shot by Garath McCleary. Rodolph Austin gets a block in.

74:37

Clearance made by Alex Pearce.

74:36

Ross McCormack crosses the ball.

74:13

Clearance by Stephen Kelly.

73:43

Free kick taken by Hope Akpan.

73:40

Michael Tonge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre.

73:25

Michael Tonge crosses the ball.

73:03

Alex Pearce makes a clearance.

71:42

Clearance made by Stephen Warnock.

70:49 Substitution

Substitution Garath McCleary on for Nick Blackman.

69:11

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

69:00

Wayne Bridge manages to make a clearance.

69:00

The ball is sent over by Ross McCormack.

68:46

Clearance by Alex Pearce.

67:42

Corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line.

67:19

Shot by Hope Akpan. Jason Pearce gets a block in.

66:41

Corner taken by Luke Murphy.

66:12

Clearance made by Sean Morrison.

65:25 Substitution

Substitution Adam Le Fondre is brought on as a substitute for Hal Robson-Kanu.

64:51

Centre by Nick Blackman.

64:39

Clearance by Jason Pearce.

64:10

Ross McCormack takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

64:05

Sean Morrison manages to make a clearance.

64:01

Clearance made by Sean Morrison.

62:50

Shot by Hal Robson-Kanu cleared the bar.

61:04

Luke Varney manages to make a clearance.

60:59

Corner from the left by-line taken by Danny Guthrie.

60:39

Nick Blackman takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Stephen Warnock.

59:26 Substitution

Substitution Dominic Poleon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Noel Hunt.

57:55

Royston Drenthe crosses the ball in from the free kick.

57:30

Foul by Jason Pearce on Nick Blackman, free kick awarded.

56:49

Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.

56:40

Unfair challenge on Jason Pearce by Hal Robson-Kanu results in a free kick.

55:53

Ross McCormack crosses the ball.

55:44

Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.

55:11

Foul by Hope Akpan on Luke Varney, free kick awarded.

54:40

Daniel Williams has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

53:44

Hal Robson-Kanu crosses the ball.

53:39

Tom Lees manages to make a clearance.

53:34

Corner taken by Danny Guthrie.

52:49

Noel Hunt delivers the ball.

51:49

Header at goal by Hal Robson-Kanu misses left of the target.

51:45

Free kick taken by Danny Guthrie.

51:16 Booking

Booking

51:16

Booking for Luke Murphy for unsporting behaviour.

51:10

Luke Murphy challenges Hope Akpan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

50:40

Patrick Kenny safely holds on. Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot.

50:21

Danny Guthrie restarts play with the free kick.

50:11

Luke Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Guthrie.

49:23

Shot by Ross McCormack. Alex Pearce gets a block in.

48:50

Ross McCormack crosses the ball.

48:49

Clearance by Nick Blackman.

48:10

Clearance made by Rodolph Austin.

48:03

Rodolph Austin makes a clearance.

48:02

Nick Blackman crosses the ball.

47:00

Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.

46:29

Hope Akpan concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Murphy.

45:41

Header by Sean Morrison misses left.

45:36

Corner from the right by-line taken by Royston Drenthe.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +4:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +3:16

Sean Morrison restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +2:53 Booking

Booking

45:00 +2:53

Booking for Stephen Warnock for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +2:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Kelly by Stephen Warnock.

45:00 +2:05

Sean Morrison manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +1:24

Wayne Bridge restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:04

Wayne Bridge makes a clearance.

45:00 +1:00

The official flags Tom Lees offside.

45:00 +0:43

Free kick taken by Michael Tonge.

45:00 +0:40

Foul by Hope Akpan on Michael Tonge, free kick awarded.

45:00 +0:28

Clearance made by Stephen Kelly.

44:03

Rodolph Austin manages to make a clearance.

44:00

Clearance made by Luke Murphy.

43:54

Corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line.

43:30

Jason Pearce makes a clearance.

43:25

Centre by Hal Robson-Kanu.

43:16

Luke Murphy has an effort at goal.

43:16

Luke Murphy takes a shot. Alex Pearce gets a block in.

42:44

Clearance by Stephen Kelly.

41:02

Header at goal by Sean Morrison goes right of the post.

40:58

Royston Drenthe crosses the ball in from the free kick.

40:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie by Luke Murphy.

40:27

Clearance by Jason Pearce.

40:20

Sean Morrison restarts play with the free kick.

40:05

Luke Varney concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Guthrie.

39:10

Header at goal by Sean Morrison misses left of the target.

39:04

Danny Guthrie crosses the ball in from the free kick.

38:17

Foul by Jason Pearce on Hal Robson-Kanu, free kick awarded.

38:08

Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.

37:59

Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

37:38

The ball is crossed by Noel Hunt.

37:37

Wayne Bridge fouled by Stephen Warnock, the ref awards a free kick.

37:09

Alex Pearce makes a clearance.

35:06

Clearance by Stephen Kelly.

34:56

Sean Morrison makes a clearance.

33:54

Corner from the right by-line taken by Royston Drenthe.

33:14

Scott Wootton makes a clearance.

33:11

The ball is crossed by Royston Drenthe.

32:44

Wayne Bridge takes the free kick.

32:38

Wayne Bridge fouled by Noel Hunt, the ref awards a free kick.

31:56

The ball is delivered by Nick Blackman.

31:42

Clearance by Tom Lees.

31:39

The ball is sent over by Nick Blackman.

30:53

Stephen Kelly crosses the ball.

29:46

Hal Robson-Kanu produces a cross.

29:21

Rodolph Austin takes a fantastic shot and went wide right of the net.

28:03

Centre by Wayne Bridge.

27:03

Luke Murphy makes a clearance.

26:55

Royston Drenthe takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Jason Pearce.

26:46

Ross McCormack takes a shot. Alex Pearce gets a block in.

26:30

Luke Varney takes a shot. Alex McCarthy blocks the ball.

26:12

Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

25:40

Alex Pearce goes into the book.

25:40 Booking

Booking

25:32

Unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by Alex Pearce results in a free kick.

24:49

Clearance made by Alex Pearce.

24:25

Clearance made by Alex Pearce.

23:43

Stephen Warnock restarts play with the free kick.

23:14

Danny Guthrie booked.

23:14 Booking

Booking

23:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodolph Austin by Danny Guthrie.

22:29

Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.

22:11

Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Patrick Kenny blocks the ball.

21:41

Free kick crossed by Danny Guthrie.

21:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodolph Austin on Royston Drenthe.

20:55

Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.

18:24

Rodolph Austin takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.

18:23

Hope Akpan makes a clearance.

18:01

Noel Hunt delivers the ball.

17:58

Hope Akpan manages to make a clearance.

16:55

The ball is delivered by Nick Blackman.

15:55

Daniel Williams takes a shot. A parry by Patrick Kenny prevents the goal.

15:45

The ball is sent over by Royston Drenthe.

15:07

Clearance made by Jason Pearce.

14:49

Luke Murphy produces a cross.

14:15

Ross McCormack takes the free kick.

14:03

Stephen Warnock fouled by Nick Blackman, the ref awards a free kick.

12:51

Header at goal by Nick Blackman goes right of the post.

12:46

The ball is sent over by Wayne Bridge.

12:27

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

12:19

Clearance made by Sean Morrison.

12:18

A cross is delivered by Luke Varney.

12:15

Tom Lees takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

12:11

Luke Varney produces a cross.

10:27

Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.

10:20

Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.

10:06

Luke Varney concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Kelly.

9:14

Clearance by Rodolph Austin.

9:08

Wayne Bridge sends in a cross.

9:00

Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

8:30

Rodolph Austin takes a strike on goal from the free kick which goes harmlessly over the bar.

8:02 Substitution

Substitution Jem Karacan goes off and Hope Akpan comes on.

3:32

Unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Jem Karacan results in a free kick.

3:17

The ball is delivered by Noel Hunt.

3:15

Clearance by Alex Pearce.

3:06

Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

2:40

Hal Robson-Kanu is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

2:27

Jason Pearce makes a clearance.

1:02

Jem Karacan manages to make a clearance.

0:45

Clearance by Sean Morrison.

0:29

Clearance made by Stephen Kelly.

0:07

Clearance by Stephen Kelly.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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